The Deans Eat // Eighty One

Happy Monday! This Monday is coming with sunny skies, not so freezing weather, long to-do lists, and a fresh chance with a brand new week. You know how when life is super busy and full, you dream of the things you would accomplish if you had more free time? Yep, I used to do that. Now I have this weird stage of life with too much free time and not nearly enough motivation to go along with it. The few times in my life I have been in stages like this I have discovered that you get MORE done when you are busier and have less free time. I have all day every day folks and yet the laundry still isn’t caught up, the floors aren’t sparkling, and I have a to-do list from last week that still needs finished. I’m giving myself grace though, resting while I can, and trying to set more realistic expectations for each day. Here’s hoping for a full and successful week this week!

Grocery shopping for this week was accomplished yesterday. It makes the biggest difference on the week when we actually have the grocery shopping done before Monday arrives. Per the norm I need to run back to the store for a few forgotten or missing items, but it’s always nice to be mostly prepared for the week ahead. This week is filled with easy comfort foods and a special gourmet meal at home on Tuesday. I will share that entire menu in a separate post later this week, but I am SO excited about it! Check below to see the rest of our food plans for the week.

The Deans Eat 2

MONDAY | Chicken Parmesan

TUESDAY | Special Valentine’s Day Meal @ Home (Check back Wednesday for Menu!)

WEDNESDAY | Kielbasa Pepper Hash


FRIDAY | Chicken Pepper Pasta


SUNDAY | Out/Make-up Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you feel loved and give lots of love on this special day!

The Deans Eat // Seventy Three

We are officially in our final full week in our apartment and I’m beginning to freak out a bit. I mean, who am I kidding, I’m way past freaking out! Things are feeling a bit chaotic and over my head at this point. The to-do list continues to grow and I’m truly wondering if  it can all be accomplished. This weekend my darling mother came to visit, but mostly to just help me pack and clean my apartment. She was heaven sent and helped us accomplish SO MUCH! Mom’s are great like that. We packed 20+ boxes over the course of the weekend with some fun thrown in there. With all of this packing, we really focused on the kitchen and I’m left with minimal supplies for cooking, so I’m having to get a bit creative. These are easy, basic meals that don’t take too much time or supplies. Hopefully we can stick to the menu this week, because next week we will be left with eating sandwiches or going out!

The Deans Eat 2

Monday – Grilled Chicken & Veggies

Tuesday – Hamburgers

Wednesday – Spaghetti

Thursday – Paninis

Friday – Skillet Meal

Saturday & Sunday – Out or Leftovers!

The Deans Eat // Seventy Two

Happy 4th of July! I realize I’m a day late on this greeting and this blog post, but yesterday was not for blogging. Unfortunately here in rainy WV it wasn’t much for normal Independence day activities either. We ate some food, played games, and swam in the pouring rain. It was a weird one, but a good one! Now it’s back to the grind and this week’s to-do list is staring me in the face. While I love a 4 day work week, I’m a little stressed out to only have 6 days this week to accomplish the many many things that need to be accomplished. But I’ll grab some coffee, turn up the music, and power on through. Here’s to keeping my sanity!

As we get closer to our move date (TWO WEEKS – 4 DAYS) our food habits will continue to change as our kitchen slowly ends up in boxes instead of cabinets. This past week was unfortunately not very successful on the menu planning front. Neither one of us wanted to cook or clean so we ate out far too much. I’m hoping to avoid that this week, but we shall see. We also continue to try and eat through the foods we have on hand, and avoid buying food as much as possible, which is going to require some creativity for sure. This week is nothing fancy and we don’t really have any plans, all though my momma will be visiting this weekend to help us pack and spend some time with us before we move. It will be nice having her around for the weekend! Hopefully we can actually stick to this week’s meal plan and stop succumbing to the ever tempting option of eating out.

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | 4th of July Celebrations

Tuesday | Potato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Wednesday | Skillet Lasagna & Caesar Salad

Thursday | Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas (Didn’t eat last week)

Friday | Double Stuffed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Veggies

Saturday | Pizza

Sunday | Out to Eat

The Deans Eat // Seventy One

Happy Monday Friends! I can’t believe that it’s the last week of June. Where is 2016 going? This year has been a whirlwind so far, and right when things start to slow down, they pick back up again. We were just getting into our slower pace life groove when Husband got a job offer and we decided to move out of state. We’ve got less than a month until moving day and life is getting a little crazier again. But I’ve got my lists, a system, and if I can stick to it, I think we will be good to go. I hope to write a little about our system later this week, then I will do a follow-up post after the move to tell you how it really went. Here’s hoping we can survive our first *real* move! (I don’t know if the last ones count…weird circumstances. This will be the first time we pack up all of our married life belongings into a truck and drive away to a new home and unpack it all there.)

While life was a little slower, menu planning wasn’t quite as important. We could run to Kroger 5 times a week, go out to eat, or just do whatever we wanted for food. We enjoyed the laid back feel for a few weeks, but it’s time to get busy and start meal planning again. We’ve got pantry food to eat through, money to save, and we need a little structure in our meals again. Meal planning is such a lifesaver in times like this! Today, Husband and I took inventory of the food in our fridge/freezer/pantry because I would really like to avoid taking any food with us. We will gradually incorporate these foods over the next few weeks to avoid waste. This might mean eating some not so great meals, but that’s okay! It’s survival mode and I’m okay with that.

The Deans Eat 2

Monday | YOYO – Your on Your Own

Tuesday | Spaghetti

Wednesday | Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

Thursday | Chicken Potato Bake & Salad

Friday | Out/Make-up Meal

Saturday | Skillet Pasta & Veggies

Sunday | Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans




The Deans Eat // Sixty Four

For the past few weeks (or months), every time Monday rolls around I feel like I should share my menu. I start typing the menu out for the week, but then I never hit publish. I’ve been gone for quite a while and I didn’t want my return to just be a silly menu – again. So I avoided sharing my menu, or my thoughts, or much of anything. I decided today that I would finally hit publish on a post, because I’ve been missing this space for far too long.

Now, I’m not going to promise these next months will be great, full of wonderful content and ideas because let’s be honest, it’s just probably not going to happen. These next few months are going to be exciting though. Husband graduates college in 103 days, my sister gets married in 117 days, and hopefully not too many days after that we will be moving to the next adventure in our life. There is a lot happening, and I want to be able to share that journey in this space, even if only for myself.

Now, without further ado – this week’s menu. Our food habits were disastrous through the holidays and menu planning was thrown out the window. Thankfully I have pulled myself together a bit in 2016 and my menu planning is back on track for the most part. Now if I could just get back to healthy clean eating. I’ve really been struggling this winter with the lack of quality fresh fruits and veggies as well as a strong desire for things comforting and cozy. Unfortunately a salad isn’t typically very comforting. I’d love tips for your favorite ways to eat fresh clean foods in the winter, because it’s just not happening for me.

The Deans Eat

Monday | Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

Tuesday | Kielbasa & Pepper Hash

Wednesday | Lasagna Soup

Thursday | Shepherd’s Pie & Salad

Friday | Homemade Pizza

Saturday | Date Night

Sunday | Paninis

P.S. – Do you like my new “The Deans Eat” image? I was pretty pleased with how it turned out 🙂